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Edward Reed


Free Safety




198 lbs.




St. Rose, La.

High School

Destrehan HS


Total Tackles – 15 (at West Virginia, 1998)
Solo – 12 (vs. West Virginia, 1999)
Assists – 5 (5 times; last at Washington, 2000)
Pass Break Ups – 5 (4 times; last vs. Pittsburgh, 2000)
Interceptions – 2 (4 times; most recent: at Virginia Tech, 2001)

Consensus First-Team All-American (FWAA, AFCA, AP, The Sporting News, Football News, Walter Camp)
National Defensive Player of the Year (Football News)
Jim Thorpe Award Finalist
Bronko Nagurski Award Semi-Finalist
BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year (Coaches)
Unanimous First-Team All-BIG EAST (Coaches)

2001 (SENIOR): The heart and soul of one of college football’s finest defensive units…provided exceptional leadership for the entire team…an exceptional defensive back whose intuitive play made him one of college football’s most exciting defensive players…a big-play producer who led a defense that racked up a national-leading 45 takeaways this season, including a nation’s best 27 interceptions, and 18 fumble recoveries (tied for 2nd nationally)…produced blocked kicks and turnovers that led to 106 points for Miami over the course of his four seasons at UM…scored three touchdowns via interception returns in 2001…led the nation in interceptions per game at 0.82 with nine in 11 games…broke up 18 passes in 2001 to lead the BIG EAST…set a new Miami record for interceptions in a career by picking off 21 passes…also holds the Miami career record for interception return yardage with 389…blocked four field goals/punts in his career…a two-time First-Team All-BIG EAST selection by the conference’s coaches, Reed earned the league’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2001…was named National Defensive Player of the Year by Football News…one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award recognizing the finest defensive back in college football…one of 12 semifinalists for the Bronko Nagurski Award honoring college football’s finest defensive player…over the span of his final two seasons at Miami, Reed intercepted 17 passes and broke up 41 passes…played through injuries to his shoulder and ribs in 2001 and did not miss any playing time despite intense pain…vital member of a secondary widely considered the best in college football…integral member of a defense that led the nation in scoring defense (9.4 ppg), pass efficiency defense (75.60 rating), and turnover margin (+2.36 per game), ranked 2nd in pass yardage (138.18 yards per game) and 6th in Total Defense (270.91 ypg)…ninth on the team in tackles with 44 (34 solos) and led the team in interceptions (nine), interception return yards (206), and passes defensed/broken up (18)…averaged 22.9 yards per interception return while racking up the most interception return yardage (206) by one player in a single season at Miami…broke the old mark of 148 by Gary Streicher (1972) by 58 yards…moved to free safety from strong safety for his senior season, allowing him to roam more freely in the secondary…began the season with six tackles and an interception against Penn State in a 33-7 victory…had one tackle and a fumble recovery against Rutgers…had six tackles and returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdowns against Troy State…that game started a span of four consecutive games in which Reed made at least one interception…had three tackles, broke up four passes, intercepted two passes, blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown in Miami’s 49-27 win at Florida State, all despite playing with a slightly separated shoulder…had four tackles, recovered a fumble, intercepted two passes and broke up two passes in a 45-3 win over West Virginia…had three tackles, intercepted a pass and broke up one pass against Temple…had a season-high seven tackles against Boston College and took a lateral from defensive tackle Matt Walters following an interception, racing 80 yards to seal an 18-7 victory…had five tackles, broke up two passes and intercepted two passes in a 26-24 win at Virginia Tech…broke the UM record for career interceptions with the thefts in the Virginia Tech game, surpassing Bennie Blades’ (1984-87) old mark of 19…closed his career with a game-high nine tackles (six solos) and one pass broken up in Miami’s 37-14 Rose Bowl victory over Nebraska that gave the Hurricanes the National Championship…one of two Miami players (with Bryant McKinnie) named to Playboy magazine’s 2001 Preseason All-America Team…a three-year starter for the Hurricanes at strong safety…has excellent instincts and a nose for the ball as demonstrated by his numerous big plays…combines excellent coverage skills and the ability to make big plays…started 48 of 49 games at Miami.


                       |---------TACKLES---------| |-SACKS-| |-FUMBLE-|            Pass BlkdOpponent               Solo  Ast  Total    TFL-Yds    No-Yds  FF FR-Yds Int-Yds QBH Def Kickat Penn State..........   4    2      6      0-0       0-0     0  0-0     1-3     0   2    0Rutgers................   1    0      1      0-0       0-0     0  1-0     0-0     0   3    0at Pittsburgh..........   3    2      5      0-0       0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   1    0Troy State.............   6    0      6      0-0       0-0     0  0-0     1-27    0   2    0at Florida State.......   3    0      3      0-0       0-0     0  0-0     2-21    0   4    1West Virginia..........   3    1      4      0-0       0-0     0  1-1     2-36    0   2    0Temple.................   3    0      3      0-0       0-0     0  0-0     1-28    0   1    0at Boston College......   4    3      7      0-0       0-0     0  0-0     0-80    0   0    0Syracuse...............   2    0      2      1-2       0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0Washington.............   2    0      2      0-0       0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   1    0at Virginia Tech.......   4    1      5      0-0       0-0     0  0-0     2-11    0   2    0TOTAL..................  35    9     44      1-2       0-0     0  2-1     9-206   0  18    1v. Nebraska (Rose Bowl)   6    3      9      0-0       0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   1    0

2000 (JUNIOR): A consensus first-team All-American, earning that acclaim from the Football Writers Association of America, the Associated Press, the American Football Coaches Association, the Walter Camp Foundation, The Football News, and The Sporting News…A consensus First-Team All-BIG EAST selection…Reed’s 80 (56 solos) tackles ranked third on the team and he led the BIG EAST in passes broken up with 23…returned two interceptions for touchdowns, a major factor in Miami’s record total of non-offensive scores…showed a knack for making big plays, including a crucial deflection of a Chris Weinke pass on fourth-and-goal during the first quarter of Miami’s 27-24 win over the top-ranked Florida State Seminoles on Oct. 7…returned an interception for a touchdown in Miami’s 47-10 romp at West Virginia on Sept. 23, part of a school-record three defensive touchdowns in the game…capped Miami’s emotional victory over second-ranked Virginia Tech on Nov. 4 by returning an interception 40 yards for a touchdown…was a preseason second-team All-America by The Football News…a preseason first-team All-BIG EAST selection by The Sporting News…ranked as the nation’s No. 4 strong safety by The Sporting News preseason preview…finished the season ranked third in the NCAA with eight interceptions…recorded 10 tackles, one tackle for a loss, one interception and two pass breakups against McNeese State…had 11 tackles at Washington, including one for a loss and two pass break-ups…made eight tackles at West Virginia, including two for losses…had five tackles against Florida State, as well as one QB hit, two pass break-ups and one interception at the two yard line…returned an intercepted pass for a touchdown at Temple, along with recording four tackles and one QB hurry…had nine tackles, seven solo, two pass break-ups and one interception against Louisiana Tech…made seven solo tackles, one QB hit and two interceptions against Virginia Tech…one of his pickoffs against the Hokies was returned 44 yards for a touchdown…had four tackles and forced a fumble against Pittsburgh…made seven tackles, picked off two passes, deflected three other passes and had two tackles for loss in a 26-0 shutout of Syracuse on national television…collected 10 tackles (seven solos) and two pass break ups against Boston College…had nine tackles (six solos) and broke up two passes in Miami’s 37-20 win over Florida in the 2001 Nokia Sugar Bowl.

1999 (SOPHOMORE): Named to the All-BIG EAST second team…lone UM defensive back to record at least one tackle for loss, a sack, an interception, a pass break-up, recover a fumble, force a fumble and block a punt in 1999…was fifth on the team and third among defensive backs with 74 tackles…his 48 solo stops and 4.0 sacks ranked fourth…also contributed a DB-high 11 tackles for loss, two interceptions, four pass break-ups, one fumble forced and one fumble recovery…had two blocked kicks on the season…totaled seven tackles and one sack against Ohio State in the Kickoff Classic…had one sack and two tackles for loss in the home-opener against Florida A&M…contributed nine tackles (6 solo), one tackle for loss, one interception, one sack and one fumble forced against Penn State…had eight tackles, two pass break-ups and a blocked kick at East Carolina…had six tackles, one for a loss, at Florida State…recorded a season-best 11 tackles, including eight solo, in UM’s comeback win at Boston College…also contributed an interception and a tackle for loss against the Eagles…totaled 11 tackles for the second consecutive game, including two for a loss, against West Virginia…had one sack and four tackles (3 solo) at Pittsburgh…totaled seven tackles one tackle for a loss, one pass break up and one fumble recovered at Virginia Tech…totaled four tackles and a pass break-up against Rutgers…blocked a punt and had two tackles against Syracuse…had two tackles, one for loss, and a pass break-up in the regular season finale against Temple.

1998 (FRESHMAN): Named a Freshman All-American by Football News and The Sporting News…started every game at free safety…led Miami with two interceptions and 53 interception return yards…leading tackler amongst the UM secondary with 90 total tackles…tackles total was third-best on the team…also led the team with four forced fumbles…seven pass break-ups was second on the team…tallied five tackles for losses, including two sacks…named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after a 15-tackle, one-sack, one-interception and one pass break-up performance at West Virginia…turned in a 10-tackle, one sack effort against Virginia Tech…recorded first career interception in win at Cincinnati…blocked a punt vs. East Tennessee State that was returned 12 yards for a UM touchdown…had five pass break-ups at Rutgers…set up Miami’s game-winning touchdown drive in 49-45 victory over UCLA with a bone-jarring tackle of Bruin wide receiver Brian Melsby, causing a fumble that the Hurricanes recovered at their own 26-yard line…forced fumbles against Temple, Florida State and Cincinnati…also returned six punts 40 yards, averaging 6.7 yards per return.

1997 (REDSHIRT): Was a member of the Hurricane scout team…appeared in two games and recorded a solo tackle at Pittsburgh.

HIGH SCHOOL: Destrehan…an All-State and All-County selection at defensive back and as a kick returner…New Orleans Times-Picayune District Most Valuable Defensive Player…totaled 83 tackles, seven interceptions, three fumbles caused and 12 passes defended his senior year…also saw action at running back and quarterback…returned three punts for touchdowns…state qualifier in the javelin and 4×100 relay…long jumped over 24 feet and triple jumped over 46…averaged 20 points as member of basketball team as a senior…coached by Scott Martin.

PERSONAL: Born 9/11/78…graduated with a degree in liberal arts in May of 2001…full name is Edward Earl Reed…also a member of the Hurricane track and field team…chose Miami over LSU and Tulane…son of Edward and Karen Reed.


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Year Solo Ast Total TFL-Yds FF FR-Yds Int-Yds Def
2001 35 9 44 1-2 0 2-1 9-206 18
2000 59 21 80 0-0 0 0-0 8-92 23
1999 48 26 74 4-30 0 1-0 2-38 4
1998 61 29 90 2-15 4 1-0 2-53 7
Career Totals 203 85 288 7-47 4 4-1 21-389 52